Coexistence Strategies, Guidelines and Coexistence Team Format

Thanks for visiting WildTiger as we begin 2020, the start of a decade recognized as being vital for the future of wildlife.  Content is being added to our new look site through January due for publication in early February. At the moment we have a strong focus working on the ground regarding the situation below:

The spate of serious human and big cat conflicts continue in the region through west Nepal and several States in India. Our strategies are based around big cat monitoring (including the use of LeopardEye) and community engagement with a strong emphasis on education and awareness as well as improving communication in key areas. Below in Nepali language are winter guidelines for forest use and scroll down further to gain an understanding of how we work in the field with the COEXISTENCE TEAM format.



Below is a basic English version. We’ve had several requests for posters to be printed in different South Asian dialects. Please contact projects@wildtiger.org for assistance.

For winter period forest use in areas where big cats (leopard, tiger, Asiatic lion) frequent:

THESE GUIDELINES NEED TO BE FOLLOWED

  • Do not collect firewood and grass alone. Work in groups.
  • Do not enter the forest in early morning, late afternoon or night time. Between 10am and 3pm is a better time for collection.
  • All information of recent big cat movement in firewood/grass collection areas needs to be taken as a STRONG MESSAGE to stay away from those areas.
  • Communicate these guidelines to as many people as possible in your area.

Our Coexistence Team currently operates on the ground from Bardia National Park in Western Nepal collaborating with partners through the Bardia and Banke districts of Nepal including the Kata Corridor which extends through to India.  The team visits key sites and communicates with authorities and community personnel in both countries.  WildTiger also conducts outreach work in response in serious conflict incidents where needed in South Asia.  Please contact at projects@wildtiger.org with regards to how we may be able to help.

The Coexistence Team  works in close conjunction with response teams from the Bardia National Park (BNP), the National Trust for Nature Conservation – Bardia Conservation Project (NTNC – BCP) and the Community Based Anti-Poaching Unit (CBAPU) Rapid Response Team (RRT).

More soon on Nirajan, Su Se La, Manju and Khem as they work alongside WildTiger Coordinator Jack Kinross in conjunction with the organizations mentioned above. Winter is a critical time in the region as the frequency of attacks increases. The team works closely with communities in high risk areas to facilitate communication lines as well as implementing LeopardEye.

Update 2 January 2020 – The team is currently monitoring four key areas in conjunction with NTNC, BNP and CBAPU. Updates at this page and you can follow @LeopardLives (also at Facebook) for more as well as our main feed @WildTigerNews

In February as systems are updated we start an appeal to gain more resources for 2020. There is a current urgent need for more cameras to be used in LeopardEye as we monitor key sites. To help please contact projects@wildtiger.org in the first instance.